Online Midweek August 26

The Return of Jacob

A passage and principle to remember: Genesis 12:1-3

Now the Lord said to Abram,

Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;


And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;


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And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.

And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Two Empires in the opening years of the Twentieth Century

The Ottoman Empire

Position: Against the restoration of the Jewish people to the land, and therefore against the Biblical Prophecies

Result: Collapse of the empire

The British Empire:

Position: For the restoration of the Jewish people to the land, and therefore aligned with the Biblical Prophecies

Result: Lifted to the height of it’s power. Replaced the Ottoman Empire as the possessor of the Holy Land

What happened in the years between the two world wars did not bode well for Britain.

There was a shift in power and thinking and the British Empire was now against the idea of a homeland for the Jewish people, going so far as to block ships carrying refugees from the Holocaust to the relative safety of Israel. Britain was now actively warring against the return, the prophecies and the working of God.

Therefore: In a short time the greatest empire the world had ever see would collapse and be forced to relinquish the Holy Land.

Another power would arise to defend Israel’s right to a homeland.

That nation was the United States of America.

Therefore in keeping with the Scriptures: It was then raised to a position of power, expanse and influence unparalleled in world history.

During this time period the British government turned the issue of the Holy Land to the United Nations.

The Partition Plan that the United Nations committee crafted could only go into effect only if approved by the UN General Assembly by a two thirds majority.

The outcome was in doubt up to the last days before the vote.

However, in God’s plan the history and powers of the world would line up to bring about God’s purposes and fulfill Scripture and His promise to the nation of Israel.

In 1947 there was the converging of an unlikely set of factors:

The Soviet Union: As one can imagine the world’s leading atheistic power would certainly not be in favor of doing anything that would fulfill Scripture. In the years that followed they would be an arch enemy of Israel. But in 1947 their leader Stalin saw the creation of Israel as a way to weaken the British Empire while increasing Soviet influence in the Middle East. The solidification of Soviet control over Eastern Europe ensured that those nations would vote in favor of the resolution.

The United States: The American State Department was against the resolution, but the American President was for it. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been elected to an unprecedented 3 terms as America’s President. Had he been in power it is doubtful that he would have been in favor of this resolution. But in his last campaign for president h had chosen a new running mate: a man by the name of Harry Truman. Less than 3 months after beginning his third term Roosevelt died and Truman, a man with deep sympathy for the Jewish people was suddenly in the most powerful position on earth and in a position to help them be restored to their homeland. Because of his work and influence the United States would vote in favor of the reestablishment of Israel and become Israel’s staunchest ally and supporter.

The historic vote for Israel to return to the land took place on November 29, 1947.

The day was a Saturday or the Jewish Sabbath.

Among the Scriptures appointed to be read that day was this verse from Genesis 32

Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,’